DJI Launches Mavic Air at Live Event

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, at a live event in New York, DJI unveiled the newest member of its consumer drone family, the Mavic Air. Borrowing elements from both the Mavic Pro and Spark, the Mavic Air could arguably be described as the best of both worlds. Its compact size immediately calls to mind the Spark, while its foldable design, sensing system, and camera capability strongly mirrors those found in the Mavic Pro.

DJI Mavic Air (Arctic White)
The first thing to consider when using a drone to shoot weddings or anything else, of course, is picking an aircraft that holds the combined weight of the camera with battery and lens, plus the gimbal system. For very lightweight cameras—especially action cameras like the GoPro HERO line—this generally means a quadcopter. For mirrorless cameras, and especially DSLRs, you will need at least a hexa- if not an octo-rotor.

DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo
Whether you are taking stills or recording video, you will need a way to monitor from the ground to compose your shots. Many purpose-made aerial cameras have some form of video transmission built in. Or you can pick up a separate video transmitter and receiver set. Either way, this can be an old-school analog 5.8 GHz system or a digital system that is either 5.8 GHz or, more likely 2.4 GHz. Analog 5.8 GHz systems still have the longest range out there, and can hold up to weak signals better. On the other hand, the quality isn't going to be spectacular.

DJI Mavic Air

  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal-Stabilized Camera
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • 8GB of Internal Storage
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Top Speed of 43 mph in Sport Mode
  • ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
  • Up to 21 Minutes Flight Time
  • Foldable, Portable Body

DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo (Arctic White)

Speaking of camera setup, the Mavic Air features a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized camera with a 1.2/3" 12MP CMOS sensor that’s also capable of shooting 4K video at 30 fps and recording at 100 Mbps—a whole lot of numbers that basically add up to some of the most detailed footage you’ll ever see from a drone this size. Plenty of other photo and video features are onboard, too, including QuickShot modes, slow-motion video capture, and a new quick-stitch capability that enables the Air to output 32MP panoramas in seconds.

DJI Mavic Air (Onyx Black)

DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo (Onyx Black)

  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • 8GB of Internal Storage
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Top Speed of 43 mph in Sport Mode
  • ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
  • Up to 21 Minutes Flight Time
  • Foldable, Portable Body

Despite similarities with the Spark and Mavic Pro, the Mavic Air is not a derivative machine, nor is it a not-too-big, not-too-small Goldilocks-esque glider. Instead, it exists in its own category, an adventure drone built with the “traveler and outdoor enthusiast in mind.” This sentiment is evidenced in many of the Air’s unique specs, from its pocket-friendly portability and 21-minute flight time, to its best-in-class 42 mph top speed and its 8GB of internal storage—a first for a DJI drone. Plus, it comes equipped with DJI’s sophisticated ActiveTrack technology, so it can follow you around on your adventures, no matter where life takes you.

The all-new, adventure-friendly Mavic Air was announced in three different colors—Onyx Black, Arctic White, and Flame Red—and is available in both Standard and Fly More Combo editions. You can order the new DJI Mavic AIr and all its accessories now at B&H Photo.

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